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Federal Court awards Microsoft over $500,000 in damages against Queensland reseller

17 November, 2004 | Archived Post
SYDNEY, Australia, 15 November, 2004

Press Release:
The Federal Court of Australia has awarded Microsoft in excess of $500,000 in damages against Queensland reseller, Harmony Telecommunications & Business Equipment and its proprietor, Mr Earl Davis.

The Court found that Mr Davis, as a sole trader, under the Harmony name and then through his company Ezy Loans, engaged in the regular practice of hard loading second hand computers with Microsoft®Windows® and Microsoft Office during the period September 1999 to June 2002.

The Court awarded Microsoft a total of A$590 625 in damages plus costs against Mr Davis and Ezy Loans.

“Over the past year Microsoft has embarked on campaign to educate the channel and consumers on the dangers of selling and using counterfeit software,” said Vanessa Hutley, Senior Corporate Attorney, Microsoft. “This has helped people detect and avoid buying counterfeit software.

“But we are determined to take action against persistent offenders. The production and distribution of counterfeit software harms the industry and costs hundreds of potential job opportunities in legitimate distribution channels.

“Everyone has a stake in reducing the levels of software piracy because everyone is affected by the economic losses. That's why Microsoft is committed to doing what we can to protect our partners and customers from software piracy,” said Ms. Hutley.

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For further information:
Samantha Herron
Corporate Communications Manager
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2316 or 0412 589 951
Amanda Millar
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